Mark Wright, Founder of Chameleon Worldwide
Today sees the launch ‘Chameleon Tailor-made’
The focus for this publication (which is more of a magazine than a holiday brochure), is on nature and adventure, with articles and itineraries designed to stimulate the mind and stir emotions. This is a far cry from the increasingly commonplace, watered-down offerings touted by travel companies that have been bought up by mainstream agents and PLCs.
“But what does tailor-made mean? Well, we like to think of ourselves like a fine restaurant where you can choose from the set menu or go A La Carte. On the set-menu you can try one of our fixed itineraries (small group tours with fixed departure dates), whereas tailor-made means you go 'A La Carte' - you pick which elements you want, the type of accommodation, airline and seat class, activities and interests, number of nights and the exact itinerary. It costs a little more to go A L a Carte, but you get just what you want and we (at Chameleon) advise you throughout and put it all together saving you time and money.
“In many of our locations, we can guarantee no Wi-Fi, no phone signal and the only tweeting will be done by the birds.”
One of the highlights of Chameleon Tailor-made brochure is based on Mark’s recent travels in South America – the 11 or 15-day ‘Adventure Colombia’ trip.
Highlights include a tour of the colonial capital Bogota – including the famous gold museum – Iquaque National Park (with a mountain bike ride to El Monasterio), a drive to the Santander region and a cycle to Barichara Valley. There is also be a guided walk to Guane village, an abseiling adventure down a waterfall, white-water rafting on the Chicamocha River, a coffee plantation tour and hacienda stay, Tayrona National Park, the important archaeological site at El Pueblito and a tour of the old city of Cartagena.
The highlight for many though will be the ‘Pacific Extension’ which includes a stay at the tiny, unspoilt lodge of El Cantil, situated south of Nuqui and on the edge of Utria National Park. Activities include kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding, jungle walks and whale and dolphin watching. Whale-watching is Jul-Nov (dolphin watching year round).
The trip costs from £2950 pp (two sharing). This includes international and domestic flights, private transfers and transportation throughout, most meals, 9-nights’ comfortable accommodation at hotels and haciendas, activities as detailed in the itinerary and an English speaking guide. Pacific Coast extension is £760.
Among the many destinations featured in the Chameleon Tailor-made brochure are Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania, Canada, Costa Rica, Morocco, Borneo, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Peru, Antarctica... Call 0871 423 7937 (www.chameleonworldwide.co.uk)